Cindy Blackman Santana Trio Concert
Mon Dec 10, 2012 @ 7:30pm
CUNY Students and Faculty $15
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Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock, creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in NYC in the 1980’s through present. She has toured the globe and created albums, including her latest, the critically acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010). In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group, also known as Another Lifetime, she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. From 1993 to 2007, she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing “Bitches Brew,” a tribute to Miles Davis’ seminal album staged at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest.
More recently, Cindy has been sitting in with Santana on the road. "They have a great band vibe. It's nice to play with people who have grown together, built a sound together, and stayed together," she says. "When that happens, you can create so many different levels of communication. That's what they've done, and I love interacting with it." Cindy first played with Santana in spring 2010, when drummer Dennis Chambers had a previous commitment. They had first met several years earlier at a festival in Europe when Cindy was touring with Kravitz. Electricity onstage generated chemistry offstage—Carlos proposed to Cindy during a July 2010 concert, and they married in December. Looking ahead, they will collaborate artistically on projects that will reflect their shared passion for improvisation and belief in the transcendent nature of music.
On her own, Cindy is continuing to develop the heady jazz-rock fusion that she drives so powerfully on 2010’s Another Lifetime. The tour de force album is a tribute to her mentor, the legendary drummer Tony Williams, and features re-imaginings of eight songs from his seminal ’70s group Lifetime, as well as three original tracks by Cindy. In its review, All About Jazz wrote, “Blackman's sonic explorations take jazz-rock beyond where the late drummer envisioned it when he was putting heads to bed with guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Jack Bruce and organist Larry Young…Jazz-rock as performed by Williams, and now Blackman, is very much alive and well.” The Guardian (U.K.) review called it “a firebreathing session,” adding “the mad-axeman guitar and boneshaking drumming this style invites is certainly present…but Blackman balances it with tonal splashes of abstract colour.”
Cindy Blackman Santana continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers of this or any generation. For more info on Cindy Blackman, please visit http://www.cindyblackmansantana.com/.